IBL Tigers, NUSANTARA Ascend While Asian Air Safari, Pin Pals Descend
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Giant killers’ Swooping Eagles snapped the tenth-week winning streak of the top rank UNIMONI Exchange while NUSANTARA ended its fifth unlucky week after crushing rated team KRAHS  in the tenth week elimination round of the 2019 Philippine Bowling Association in Kuwait – Kuwait Bowling Federation Cup 2019 Tenpin Bowling League held at Kuwait Bowling Sporting Club Complex in Salmiya. The other teams that posted victory were SKARZ, IBL Tigers, Falcon Int’l Cargo and ‘X’ Strikers while Asian Air Safari played bye.

Myrah Manalo finished with 525 points as the Swooping Eagles, the new ‘giant killers’ routed the UNIMONI Exchange 2,670-2,510 and stopped the winning spree in ninth week. In the first two games, Eagles won the first two games 864-805, 937-803 but UNIMONI requite in the third game 902-844. Losing the tenth game the Exchange Kings still upheld the top rank for seven consecutive weeks and won the prize for free lane fees of  the entire elimination round. Aside from Myrah she was followed by Clinton Cathers (486), Riz Roque (438), Jessica Balagat (396) Benjie Roque (310) and Mona Corpuz (100) while UNIMONI’s top scorer was Rashid Aker Ali (501), Rudy de Lima (485), Yousef Ghandanfar (455) and Ahmad Fadhil Karam (408). The win-lose-bye game record of the Swooping Eagles was 7-2-1 while UNIMONI Exchange had 8-1-1. Despite two consecutive wins of the Swooping Eagles, their leverage points with the cliff hanger lessen to sixty one points.

The match-up between Falcon Int’l Cargo and IncrediBowlers was worthy to watch. It can be recalled that both teams were member of the ‘Super 8’ in the initial two weeks holding sixth and seventh spot. In the third week Falcon Cargo dropped to eight place while the IncrediBowlers were out of the top 8 holding the tenth position. In the fourth week, Falcon were number ten and IncrediBowlers were in the ninth place and after the fifth week Falcon Cargo managed to snatch the eighth position while the other team remain in the ninth place. Since then the struggles of the two teams started until this tenth week as bitter rivals on the last seat and Falcon clawed hard and remain the cliff hanger.

In week 10 the Incredibles almost pushed the Falcon Cargo to the brink of darkness when they won the first and second game of their scheduled three games, 982-901, 861-828 with 114 points advantage. In the third game, Falcon was restless due probable defeat and the excitable team captain, Jess Tolentino used a do-or-die approach, fielded the husband/wife tandem and consistent players. The strategy works, delivered couple of spares and strikes and won the game 1017-840 and the over-all results sided to Falcon Cargo 2,771-2,683. Falcon Cargo’s high pointer was Jess Tolentino (514), Jason Gamba added 480 points couples Gener and Imelda Calingasan combined with 631 points, Jhon Narvasa, Christine Moreno and Jocelyn Barros chipped in 307, 306 and 108 respectively while IncrediBowlers were Erick Chang (525), Melvin Alabado (476), Ruben Cervabtes (459), Sandy Panopio (455), Adolfo Prena (278) and Chat Sarne (103).            

IBL Tigers bounced back for the second time after Pin Pals was devastated 2,894-2,380, then reclaimed the second top spot. The Tigers won overwhelmingly the three scheduled games 941-804, 949-750, 979-826 with registered 7-2-1 record while the Pin Pals had 3-7 on the card. Tiger’s Joel Fernandes (553) was the top pointer, followed by Fatima Sequiera (472), Nadine Dias (469), Rani Skeik (448), Rudolph Castelino (188), Ulysses Menezes (256) and Amam Agawal (134) while Pin Pals 3-man team were Vasant Harshan (476), Raj Reddy (390) and Allan Fernandes (377). Playing bye was the Asian Air Safari whose pin pushers were Mohd Karam (599), Aqeel Farisy (522), Fadhi Al Masri (475), Sonia Mathews (473) and Ghadeer Al Sarraf (300) with a lowly score of 2,670 points that caused their skid to number three from second post.  Ceddie Faa scored 487 and the ‘X’ Strikers held off the Jordan Elite Bowlers 2648-2540 to knot their elimination series at 6-3-1 win-lose-bye record apiece. In the first game ‘X’ Strikers outsmarted Jordan Elite 963-882 but in the second game the Elite bowlers’ retaliated and won the game 868-841 with one win apiece. In the deciding game, the ‘X Men’ outscored their nemesis through handicap points and won the competition 819-790. X-Men Ceddie was supported by Joe Presenta (479), Cris Carungay (452), Bima Nitikusumo (396), Rocky Castil (304) and Abel Nitikusomo (97) while Jordan Elite were Ali Hikmat (551), Waleed Al Boloushi (455), Basma Ammar (402), Ali Arqoub (296) and Aji Varghese (287). Both teams maintain their standing.           

The NUSANTARA team outscored the highly favored KRAHS 2,632-2,565 but the game was considered no bearing due to highly significant difference. The victory of the Indonesian team ended their fifth-week losing streak while KRAHS team defeat for two consecutive weeks did not affect their fifth place in the standing. The registered win-lose record between the two was 4-6 for NUSANTARA while KRAHS had 5-5. NUSANTARA’s top scorer was Erlisa Gantosori (490), assisted by Tanjung Gantosori (424), Ahmad Fahmi (420), Benyamin Hasan (406) and Nuki Winuka (400) while KRAHS players were Mar Evangelista (453), Pilar Patula (328), Joel Tizon (328), Eddie Pena (308), Moises Amahan (299), Sam Behbehani (250) and Eden Danan (224). The battle of the cellar dwellers, the SKARZ defeat the Dragon Bowlers 2487-2120. SKARZ bowlers were Lionel Mendes (437), Stephen Sequiera (406), Fatima Fernandes (376), Solomon Moras (264), Melwin Isaac (249), Ignatius Fernandes (115) and Kathy Fernandes (97) while Dragon bowlers were Bing Robiso (460), Ron Favor (389), Lester Matugas (302), Valerio Lopez (289), Analiza dela Sada (196), and Mostafa Ahmad (83).  

Tenth Round Results: 1. UNIMONI Exchange (28,102); 2. IBL Tigers (27,689); 3. Asian Air Safari (27,473); 4. Jordan Elite Bowlers (27,022); 5. KRAHS (26,965); 6. ‘X’ Strikers (26,963); 7. Swooping Eagles (26,587); 8. Falcon Int’l Cargo (26,526); 9. IncrediBowlers (26,097); 10. NUSANTARA (25,544); 11. Pin Pals (25,317); 12. SKARZ (25,114) and 13. Dragon Bowlers (22,713).

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